Despite a pair new releases, Oz The Great and Powerful, managed to top the weekend box office for its second straight week.
The Walt Disney 3D led all films in its second week, taking in $42.2 million. The Sam Raimi film is prequel to the L. Frank Baum classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Its two-week total is $145 million.
“Boy, did we need it,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “There have been a lot of box-office casualties this year. This is the shot in the arm that we needed, but we’re still waiting for the marketplace to gain some sort of momentum.”
Among the weekend’s debuts, the Halle Berry thriller The Call landed at #2 with $17.1 million. In it, veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner (Berry) receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, so must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.